woke up at 7, and did my ritual for getting ready and suiting up! it’s pretty fun, and i’ve seemed to have gotten the process down by heart, and i can gauge how long I do this and that. checked out of the hotel, and headed to the UConn health center. Gosh! it’s so intimidating because it looks like a fortress on top of a hill. the best part of the place is how i had to take this long winding path up to the main entrance, so it felt like…a boss battle! haha.
getting to the office, i realized that there were only 7 other interviewees… and that there were only 2 guys including myself. interesting… and there never fails to be people from cali! one was from norcal and the other from socal… anyways, i guess the girl/guy ratio made sense because last year’s stats showed a 2:1 ratio for girls to guys. well, we began with an info session hosted by the associate dean, and he’s hilarious! he was also really straight forward about the pros & cons of the school, and i really appreciated it because it took off a lot of stress about how they handled decisions and stuff. plus, this is one of the classes i’ve ever seen: 40! so that means you really get to know your class and professors, and you take classes with med students…not sure how i feel about that. oh, but it’s all pass/fail! except that i heard from one student that it felt harder to pass than to get 100 in an undergrad test…what?! so, i think UConn has been most helpful in being upfront about its strengths & weaknesses… and that’s something i’m going to judge other schools and make a decision. that is, if i get in… i have a 50% shot!
after the info session, we took a tour around the campus and while some parts looked new & clean, other places reminded me of the fortress… and i had a really random awkward conversation with one of the girls from cali. well, not really awkward… but definitely random. turned awkward. basically, she asked me if i knew someone named jeff, who i was related to, that went to dental school… and i was like, my dad?! my dad’s name is jeff… he went to dental school… but then she was like, no i mean someone who went to dental school 2 years ago… ooooooooooh. no. i don’t. yeah that’d be weird if my dad was two years older than me. or even weirder that she would know my dad randomly. haha. other people there that were interviewing was asking me like, do you know this person or that… and i didn’t. haha. oh well.. i guess i’d do that too if i knew someone from the UCs… i guess one girl from the boston area is coming to the clemson game next week… it may be disappointing :/
then, we had lunch with some 4th year students, and we were given $7 meal tickets… at first, i was skeptical about what i could buy because BC prices are jacked up! but, meals here looked good (i couldn’t decide…) and cost only $3-5. drinks were cheap too! and the cashier was really nice too by telling me that i could get chips so it would total to $7. well, after eating and chatting, we took another tour around other parts of the school, like different facilities, and then it was finally time for interviews.
i thought it was the gentleman thing to do to let the girls go first… but that meant i had to wait in the lobby for like 2 hours. yeaaaah. at least i got to know the other interviewers better who were waiting with me as well. haha. when it was finally my turn at 3, i got to talk with two interviewers… but it wasn’t intimidating! it was a pretty good conversation though there were a couple directed interview questions, and i think i answered them well. i think i came out of the interview feeling fine, but throughout the day, i really weighed on my mind whether i would want to come… cheaper tuition, but very rigorous schedule with med classes… and it’s in the middle of nowhere :/ i’m not sure… i guess i’ll have to make a pro/con list.
after the interview, i headed back home. the interviewer told me that there was going to be traffic at hartford… but surprisingly, there wasn’t! even at 4! wowww. so that was awesome. haha, on the way to uconn i listened to dave barnes the entire way… and on the way back, i decided to listen to david crowder :P anyways, it was really smooth driving the entire way back, as i was able to cruise at like 70 the entire way… and there was one point where i saw reallllly nice foliage, because the trees were all different colors and set on a hill. and as soon as i saw that, my ipod played “Oh happiness!” haha. right on cue! :) it was a very relaxing drive back, but i did have to eat some snacks to keep myself awake. i managed to get back home in 1 hour and 40 minutes… instead of the estimated 2+ hours! :D i stopped by the office to pick up my dad, and then had dinner with the family. packed up some stuff, and got ready to go back to BC.
back at BC, i did a lot of unpacking and repacking… with laundry and stuff… and making sure i wasn’t packing any large containers of liquids onto the plane tomorrow. :P i’m glad that i made it back in time to see the shaw freshmen at my room because of the progressive dinner! it turned out SO well, i’m so glad that everyone was having a great time. after unpacking and the place settled down, i headed off to the library… and while i managed to get lots of work done….i still have more! seriously?! this never ends… haha. oh well, i’m flying off to USC tomorrow, and this totally makes me feel like a businessman :)
wow, i feel exhausted! but the weekend is here… and i can rest a bit, before another round of interviews & midterms… :/
so i’m not sure if i saw a mouse when i returned back to my room… but i definitely heard something jump from the table and scurry under the couch… great. ryan cleaned the place later in the day, and didn’t find anything… hmm.
even with just 4 hours of sleep, i felt fine when i woke up for my first class at 9. after that, i went to the rat for breakfast. i decided to get something warm because i don’t want the sickness to worsen, so i got oatmeal! but, it seemed like the only thing that would compliment the sweet brown sugar was milk… that was a problem. because usually, my stomach feels strange after drinking milk. but occasionally it doesn’t… not a good choice, hahahaha. and i realized that it wasn’t the smartest choice to choose to study in the rat. but, at the same time, i’m glad i could talk to so many people i usually don’t sit down with during the week. so, i sat down to talk with priya, then she left for SAP, and then shaw freshmen & sophomores came over to talk :) i also saw some other people, and then justin and i grabbed lunch before the dev exam. i think i was just flipping through the slides, hoping to remember stuff that would be on the test…. this was not the best way to study and i did not feel as calm as i usually do on tests because i usually have most of the material down the night before…
but, i had to make do with the time i had, so i made the best of it! oh right, i also had coffee milk for lunch, so that was a double ownage… because as i took the dev bio exam, i realized that my stomach was feeling funky. lol. amazing! it’s like i never learn… even though i’m pretty sure i’m lactose intolerant to a certain degree. well, i finished the exam, went to the bathroom, and let it out. ok i probably didn’t need to write that. and it was very wet. (or that either…) and the worst feeling was that i thought i cleaned up… but i slide up my boxers and there was a slight moist feeling. (definitely did not need to include that!) gg. but it was a very small mark. hahahaha. conclusion: me and milk don’t get along.
after the test, justin, tiffany and i worked on cmap stuff, then i packed and headed home. i think after the test, i just felt incredibly tired. from the lack of sleep, the energy poured into the exam, and stress. and it was kind of a numbing tired… because i felt like in a daze, as i went on the T and got on the train. good thing i napped! getting home, i finally had some of my mom’s food, and as i ate it, all i could wonder was how i could cook like this! i need to extract more flavor from my dishes… or something like that. then, i went to church for youth group. i shared a bit about kairos… at least to the extent i could without disclosing any vital info :P and i challenged them practically to be more courageous in meeting people… because we’re getting ready for a welcome night, and it would suck if they couldn’t actually welcome them :P and so, it was hilarious yet extremely awkward as i demonstrated what to do in a hug circle. (something i learned from kairos!) SOOOOO awkward as guys and girls try not to hug. and more like… tap each other’s shoulders. hahahahahahahahah. I LOVE IT. i mean, i know that’d totally be me….but, it’s fun doing stuff like this :)
and well, now i just want to sleep… which i should’ve done already, but i’ve been up watching youtube videos and catching up on all the blogs that i neglected this week. reaaaaly unnecessary :/